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Durban - The Tongaat “body in the suitcase” murder was back in court on Wednesday, when one of the two accused was sent for observation to see if she was fit to stand trial.
The case against Pastor Segaree Govender, 44, who has now been referred to a psychiatrist - and her stepdaughter, Cheryl Perumal, 26, will be back at the Durban High Court on Monday.
By then, the prosecution will have decided if the pair will be tried separately.
The two, who are in custody, are accused of murdering mother-of-two Elaine Pillay exactly two years ago on Friday.
In an earlier hearing in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court, it was revealed the body had been packed into a suitcase. The body was found near a school.
Govender was the pastor at the Faith Deliverance Ministries in Tongaat, and the State contended in April that she had an extra-marital affair with the victim’s husband, Thavan Pillay. The State alleges that she got her stepdaughter to lure her lover’s wife to her home on the pretext that she had a broken leg and needed help.
Pillay was killed - allegedly by “ligature strangulation”. The pair have yet to plead.